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ERIC Number: EJ989232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 89
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
Does Social Work Education Have an Impact on Social Policy Preferences? A Three-Cohort Study
Weiss, Idit; Gal, John; Cnaan, Ram A.
Journal of Social Work Education, v41 n1 p29-47 Win 2005
This article examines the impact of social work education on the social policy preferences of social work students through a panel study of 3 cohorts of students at universities in 2 countries--the United States and Israel. The findings of the study indicate that though the initial policy preferences of the students at the beginning of their studies at the 3 universities differed, by the end of their studies the students' preferences were similar and supportive of the welfare state model. The implications for social work education are that, when formulating social work education programs, educators must take into account the possibility that candidates for social work education do not necessarily hold views that adhere to the accepted social work approach to social justice, one that is supportive of state provision of social welfare. In such cases it would appear that a program that emphasizes both theoretical aspects of social policy and offers students field placements that provide training in policy practice can lead to a significant change in student attitudes toward social justice. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel; United States